Everton hit back to beat Wigan 2-1

Aug 30, 2009 - 6:31 PM By DANIEL ROSE STATS European Football Writer=

LONDON (SE) - Everton manager David Moyes hailed Leighton Baines after the defender returned to haunt Wigan by scoring a stoppage time penalty to earn the Toffees a dramatic 2-1 win over his old club on Sunday.

Wigan looked to be heading for a second successive away win when Paul Scharner headed the Latics in front on 57 minutes.

Former Manchester United star Louis Saha levelled soon after before Baines stepped up to convert from the spot and lift Everton off the bottom of the Premier League table.

Moyes, whose side lost 1-0 at newly-promoted Burnley last weekend, said: "We missed a penalty last week that would have changed the game so it was important to score this one.

"Good on Leighton, he held his nerve, which is not easy to do in the last minute. It is always nice scoring against you old club so he will enjoy that one.

"It was a fight until the end. It was a tough game and Wigan made it hard for us, as you do when you have conceded a few goals like they have.

"We controlled most of the game and created opportunities.

"When you are a goal down in the Premier League it is hard to come back, especially when you are low on confidence so great credit to the players.

"If we had not won the game we would have wondered how because we missed opportunities early on to take the lead but thankfully we snatched it at the death."

Centre back Sylvain Distin made his Everton debut following a 5.3 million pounds move from Portsmouth but the game did not spark into life until Scharner opened the scoring.

Mario Melchiot and Charles N'Zogbia combined down the right and N'Zogbia crossed for Scharner to plant a bullet header past Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Jordi Gomez almost put the game beyond Everton's grasp soon after when he hit a post from 12 yards.

Gomez's misery was compounded when Saha rose to head home Baines's corner on the hour mark.

Scott Sinclair wasted a golden chance to win it for Wigan, shooting straight at Howard when one-on-one with the American 'keeper, seconds before Emmerson Boyce tripped Everton substitute Jo and Baines netted from the spot.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez felt the defeat was harsh on his side, who have now lost their last three league and cup games after stirring opening day win at Aston Villa.

"The players did not deserve that. The performance was fully committed and we created lots of chances," Martinez said.

"The hardest thing was to score the first goal and once we had done that I thought we would go on and win.

"The way we lost the game at the end was hard to take."

Everton boss Moyes also revealed he hopes to bring in reinforcements before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.

Moyes added: "I'll be disappointed if I don't have another couple of players in here by the time the window shuts. The chairman and the staff are working hard to make that happen."






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